Philippines 1944-D 20 centavos
This type was struck for the Philippines 1937-45. It superseded a twenty centavos struck 1907-29 with a slightly different reverse. The reverses of Philippine coins were redesigned to feature a new coat of arms upon the inauguration of the Commonwealth in 1936. This type was struck at the Manila mint in 1937-38 and 1941 but issues obviously ceased with the Japanese invasion. This issue from the Denver mint was introduced following the landing of MacArthur at Leyte and were saved in large numbers by American soldiers serving there. Today, this handsome coin is available in all grades including uncirculated altho the repunched mintmark variety ("D/S") is scarce. All were demonetized by the Philippine government in the late 1960's when the currency was reformed.
Recorded Mintage: 28,596,000 (all varieties).
Specifications: 4 g, .750 fine silver, .0965 troy oz ASW, reeded edge.
Catalog Reference: KM 182.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ganzon de Legarda, Angelita, Piloncitos to Pesos, A Brief History of Coinage in the Philippines, Manila: Bancom Development Corporation, 1976.